Though these are just from Reddit, which isn’t a particularly notable source to spend too much time and effort analyzing serious topics from, I still find these charts of interest. The poll results are small-scale, but I feel that even if exposed to a larger populace that is just as general as the casual Reddit user, the results would probably retain roughly the same ratio.
This is a demonstration of just how one-sided the distribution of hatred is towards the innate actuality of Pedophilia compared against a totalitarian regime that has resulted in mass death and torture. Comparatively, Pedophilia by definition alone does not inherently denote mass child abuse (whereby if there was no such thing as Pedophilia, while whether or not there would still be a supply and demand for CSA is debatable, abused children would still be just as prominent of a problem).
With the way the polls are written without explicitly stating whether any sort of action has or is being taken place, the notion of “Pedophile [doing nothing]” is so easily and subtly replaced with “Pedophile [harming children]” in the minds of the reader who does not question the lack of distinction or clarification. I think in such a case, we are no longer talking about a Pedophile, but rather, a Child Abuser, which does not require the person to even be a Pedophile at all. In, for example, “Carpenter [doing nothing]” versus “Carpenter [harming children]”, there is a very clear distinction that these two Carpenters are not the same. I think that in any controversial matter it serves humanity best to be as concise as possible.
I have been tempted to post a question, “What does a Pedophile do?” to gauge all of the different responses as to what kind of verb or action do people most commonly believe a Pedophile is associated with. If most would respond with some variation of “Prey on children”, then that would confirm from an alternative perspective that there really must be some misunderstanding of the term as it would coincide with what has been demonstrated in these polls.
There seems to be less knowledge, desire, initiative, or consideration to raise awareness of the key difference between a Child-Abuser and a Pedophile, in that the latter becomes so comfortably used as a synonym when it truly ought not be. The notion of “Pedophile = Child Abuser” is too strongly engraved into so many minds.
I think that really is quite unfortunate that we have reached this conclusion, but I am still hopeful to one day see this be corrected.